Welsh party leaders 'ignore' half of own voters by demanding Britain stay in the single market
Labour First Minister Carwyn Jones and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood today united to demand the UK stays in the single market.
The demand contained in a white paper produced in the Welsh assembly that Britain becomes similar to Norway was damned by Ukip as being the “white flag of surrender” to the EU.
It appeared to ignore the 52.5 per cent of voters who backed Brexit in Wales on 23 June last year.
This is a kind of primal scream from those who lost the referendum and they’re trying by the back door to keep us in the EU
Staying in the single market would mean Britain would have to keep its borders open to free movement from the EU and could not have trade deals with other parts of the world.
The proposal follows a similar demand by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, another hard line Leftwing Remoaner.
She told Theresa May that she was “not bluffing” over threatening a second independence referendum if the Prime Minister decided to take the UK out of the single market.
Ms Sturgeon told the PM she was 'not bluffing' over threatening a second independence referendum
Neil Hamilton, Ukip’s leader in Wales, rubbished the Welsh Government’s paper as a “collection of sound-bites” and said that the strategy would “pull up the white flag” to Brussels.
He said: “This is a kind of primal scream from those who lost the referendum and they’re trying by the back door to keep us in the EU.”
Mr Hamilton, a member of the Welsh Assembly, insisted the paper “failed to answer the question that mattered most in the referendum campaign about immigration”.
He said: “Leanne Wood doesn’t seem to even understand the nature of the problem, which is depression of wages at the bottom of the income scale.
Mr Hamilton rubbished the Welsh Government’s paper as a 'collection of sound-bites'
“There is no plan in here for controlling immigration at all.
“The Norwegian model means that people have the right to come here to look for work as well as to accept job offers which have already been made.”
The leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, accused the other parties of ignoring the wishes of Welsh voters who backed Leave in the referendum.
He said: "After seven months of flip-flopping, dithering and denial, the left-wing political establishment in Wales has clubbed together a late, half-baked plan in the effort to remain relevant and credible – ignoring many of the reasons why people voted to leave the EU.
Mr Davies accused the other parties of ignoring the wishes of Welsh voters who backed leave
"Sadly, this 'plan' for Brexit has only sought to appease their own in the Cardiff Bay bubble – lacking serious consensus across the political spectrum and showing a blatant disregard for the wishes of the Welsh public."
However, an unrepentant Ms Wood claimed that Welsh voters had not really backed Brexit even though a majority voted Leave.
She said: "I think that a lot of people are reading into the result, things that weren't there.
"There are people who say that it was a vote against the single market membership, it was a vote against any more immigration, and we just don't know that."